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Working Toward Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples Conference

Working Toward Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

A Pendle Hill Conference for inspiration, education, networking, discernment, and action.

** This event has been rescheduled for Thursday evening August 27, through Sunday noon, August 30, 2020. Please contact John Meyer, 610-566-4507, ext. 129 for more information. **

April 30 – May 3, 2020

(Thursday evening through Sunday lunch.)

$550/private room; $490/shared room; $300/commuter. Fee includes program, room, meals, and materials.

If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link below for our Financial Assistance Application form. Do NOT register online.


The nation states of North America are built on the so-called Christian Doctrine of Discovery, which purports to justify the theft of land and resources and the enslavement or destruction of many Nations. Quaker descendants of European settlers benefited and continue to benefit from this oppressive history. Quakers also played a direct role in the attempted cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples. Among other things, they ran and supported Indian Boarding Schools, which were designed to “civilize” Indigenous Peoples by separating children from their families and communities and erasing their native language, customs, and culture.

Wampum Belt crafted by James (Lone Bear) Revery (Lenape), gifted in 1995 to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends. © 2017 J. Murphy All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Wampum Belt crafted by James (Lone Bear) Revery (Lenape), gifted in 1995 to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends. © 2017 J. Murphy All rights reserved. Used with permission.

A 2018 Pendle Hill conference helped broaden and deepen a conversation about the Quaker role in the genocide of Native Peoples and about ways of moving toward right relationship – awareness, acknowledgment, apology, and reparative work. At this conference, we will assess what actions we have taken, as well as bringing others into the ongoing conversation.

We invite Quakers from across North America to seek and share ways of acknowledging and interrupting the ongoing harms stemming from Quaker individual and corporate involvement in the land theft and genocide against Indigenous Peoples on Turtle Island. With gratitude, we will be accompanied by Indigenous Peoples as planners, advisors, and presenters.

In interest/working groups and plenary sessions, we will engage in deep listening and discern ways Truth and Spirit lead us to act. We will create an environment where communities of support and accountability can form for sharing stories and resources for carrying on the work in such areas as:

  • Acknowledging land theft and occupation and ways of making land reparations;
  • Identifying and ending cultural mis/appropriation;
  • How to be an ally, working in an ally organization;
  • What are Friends schools, our local schools, our First Day Schools teaching about history and the current situation of Indigenous Peoples? Local museums and historical associations?
  • Treaty relationships today;
  • How can the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples open dialogue and provide a framework for public discourse?
  • What does it mean to decolonize ourselves and our institutions? and
  • Healing the earth through growing spiritual unification.

Come to be inspired, to become better equipped to involve Meetings and local communities in building right relationship, and to be renewed in Spirit and energy for this long-term justice journey.


Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.


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